Thursday, September 27, 2007

Introducing Hal Niedzviecki

Hal joins the LIVEbrary for Week #3 of Season #1:
October 29-November 2
DIY ZINES: Your Own Pop Culture Machine

Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, culture commentator, and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the “offenses of everyday life.” He is the author of six books, including the novel, The Program, and the non-fiction book Hello, I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity. He is the current fiction editor and publisher of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts ( He founded the magazine and edited it from 1995 to 2002.

Hal's writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals, and journals across North America, including Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, Saturday Night, and This Magazine. He was the recipient of the Alexander Ross Award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 1999 National Magazine Awards and has presented his work at gatherings across North America, including the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

Once dubbed the "guru of independent/alternative action" by the Toronto Star, Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that "charts the media-saturated terrain of ever-shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age."

He lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto and is currently writing a novel.

Visit Hal at his online home at

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